it made AOTD. Whoop.
It was a bit hard for me not to skim through this. But, first thing in the morning (with a coffee!) I was able to take it nice and slow. I’m very glad I did.
This is a topic that I generally can’t get enough of - who we are, why we’re here, and why we are how we are.
I was almost an anthropologist and now, a decade after college, I’m realizing I can still be a recreational anthropologist. I don’t care about the degree/job, I just want to keep learning! It seems so important, as a human, to study humans and humanity.
I almost gave this an 8 (my default for “this was really really good”) but bumped it up to 9 because now I have one less book to read! :)
I also read this for the same reason as you (to have one less book to read). I know Yuval Harari's book is excellent - I see traces of it lifted by other authors - but I've never been quite able to finish it.
What an excellent, heart-warming summary. I always feel some pride and awe at humanity whenever I read our history. We've made expensive mistakes, been foolish a lot of the time, but nevertheless, we've persisted.
Lots of question marks in our history too. How did we do X? We don't know. How did we know to do X? WE DON'T KNOW. But we did it and here we are!